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Old 07-12-11, 05:05 PM   #1
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Hiked Half Dome in Yosemite this weekend v. PICS & VID

After years of wanting to do this trip, i finally got a chance to backpack through Yosemite and hike to the top of Half Dome.

We did it by hiking to Little Yosemite Valley and camping for the night. Then the next day we waited till the late afternoon to start our hike up to the top of Half Dome to watch the sunset and have dinner up there. Then we hiked down in the dark and camped one more night before heading back down to the valley.

It was an inexplicably amazing trip! Lots of fun moments, a big physical challenge, and the chance to make new friends, all add up to one memorable weekend.


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Old 07-12-11, 05:06 PM   #2
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in case you want to see all my pics from the weekend, you can see them here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/michael...7627175468018/
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Cables look deserted, what gives? Usually there is a stampede of people.
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I believe there is now a permit system in place to limit numbers. That late in the day almost all hikers are well on their way back.
When I did the hike(several times) with my running club, we started first thing in the morning so as to be back to Curry Village by dark.

Great photos and vid.
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Cables look deserted, what gives? Usually there is a stampede of people.
we were there really late in the day. All the day hikers were long gone by that time.
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I believe there is now a permit system in place to limit numbers. That late in the day almost all hikers are well on their way back.
When I did the hike(several times) with my running club, we started first thing in the morning so as to be back to Curry Village by dark.

Great photos and vid.
there is a permit system, but it still allows 400 people a day, not including the people who hope to dodge the rangers and go up without one.
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I haven't been to Yosemite since 1976. It is one place I want to visit again. OK, maybe two
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So there are actual Rangers standing near the cables checking permits? How does it work?
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So there are actual Rangers standing near the cables checking permits? How does it work?
they'll either be at the cables or hiking along the trail
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Outstanding! I have permits to go on Oct 8 - sort of a dice roll that late in the year, but with the way the weather has been running, I figure I have better than even odds of having good weather...
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Outstanding! I have permits to go on Oct 8 - sort of a dice roll that late in the year, but with the way the weather has been running, I figure I have better than even odds of having good weather...
nice! good luck w/ the weather! hopefully it works out as well as it did for us.
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No more permits available. This is ********. Is this even legal?

Were your permits checked?
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No more permits available. This is ********. Is this even legal?

Were your permits checked?
yeah they were. Both our wilderness permits and our half dome permits were checked on seperate occasions. We reserved our wilderness permits 24 weeks in advance (the moment they become available), and doing so automatically gives you half dome permit reservations.
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What a heck is a wilderness permit? Is that for Camping?

How far can you go up before the Half Dome permit is required? Is it just for the cables, or is it also for the last part of the trail?
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Yeah a wilderness permit is for camping in either the backpackers camp or in the wilderness beyond the backpackers camp.

yeah, you can get to the shoulder, but you need permits to go up the cables.
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Very cool! Wasn't it kind of hard coming down in the dark? I'd think the rangers might frown on that, nothing like getting lost in the dark to make for a challenging rescue.
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Wow - great pics and it looks like a good time for all!!!
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I believe there is now a permit system in place to limit numbers. That late in the day almost all hikers are well on their way back.
When I did the hike(several times) with my running club, we started first thing in the morning so as to be back to Curry Village by dark.

Great photos and vid.
It has been decades since I did Halfdome. I was working with the YMCA and did it as a carefully planned but not all that difficult dayhike. No permits and I'm pretty sure a lot later in the year. There was some question if there would be any drinkable (or more findable) water after the top of Nevada Falls. Only one of the campers wanted to go, so I went with her as most of the leaders had done it the year before (and not made it back before dark). She was notin good shape (probably pretty decent shape by todays standards). No problem. Truned out 3 or 4 other kids decided to do it, they started later, moved faster and arrived at the foot of the backsideof the dome completely out of water. Oh and the girl who had wanted to go from the start chickened out of the final part with the cables.

I'm glad I managed to get there before permit time.
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Beautiful pictures. I went to YNP in 1998, just did some day hikes and camped in the valley. Lots of people.

I love backpacking and I don't do nearly enough of it. Last summer I did 5 days in the GC on primitive trails. Hard going and hot, but it was an awesome trip. This year I did another 5 days in the Grand Canyon in March on corridor trails. It was nice and relaxing.
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Very cool! Wasn't it kind of hard coming down in the dark? I'd think the rangers might frown on that, nothing like getting lost in the dark to make for a challenging rescue.
Nope, it's not frowned upon. When picking up our permits, i asked the ranger about going up/down in the dark he said, you can go anytime you want so long as it's on the date of your permit. Then we ran in to a ranger on the way up, and even he said "right now's a great time to go..."

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Wow - great pics and it looks like a good time for all!!!
Oh boy was it!

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It has been decades since I did Halfdome. I was working with the YMCA and did it as a carefully planned but not all that difficult dayhike. No permits and I'm pretty sure a lot later in the year. There was some question if there would be any drinkable (or more findable) water after the top of Nevada Falls. Only one of the campers wanted to go, so I went with her as most of the leaders had done it the year before (and not made it back before dark). She was notin good shape (probably pretty decent shape by todays standards). No problem. Truned out 3 or 4 other kids decided to do it, they started later, moved faster and arrived at the foot of the backsideof the dome completely out of water. Oh and the girl who had wanted to go from the start chickened out of the final part with the cables.

I'm glad I managed to get there before permit time.
dang to run out of water at the dome would suck. There's a long way to go on the way back if you don't have a filter to get river water.


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Beautiful pictures. I went to YNP in 1998, just did some day hikes and camped in the valley. Lots of people.

I love backpacking and I don't do nearly enough of it. Last summer I did 5 days in the GC on primitive trails. Hard going and hot, but it was an awesome trip. This year I did another 5 days in the Grand Canyon in March on corridor trails. It was nice and relaxing.
I would LOVE to camp in the Grand Canyon. What would your suggestion be if we're looking for a decent challenge w/ a big pay off?
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